Psychological tests offer a formal way to measure traits, feelings, beliefs and abilities that can lead to people’s problems. Some tests assess the presence of certain conditions, such as depression, anxiety, anger control or susceptibility to stress. A typical psychological assessment includes an interview with a psychologist and one or more formal psychological tests.
The intent of testing is to gain a deeper, more complete understanding of the problem than can be gained from a brief office visit. Such a referral does not mean that the problem is particularly serious, difficult to understand, or complex. It just means that additional information is needed before designing the best approach to address the problem.